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How do I make around-the-room shelves for a seriously skewed room?

I've been given the Christmas task of setting up an HO model train and rails around a child's room, so I researched a bit and found a shelf train would be the thing. So I go to measure the room in ...
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How to determine the type of wall on which I'm putting up a shelf?

I'd like to put up a small shelf. I have never tackled any kind of DIY project before so this is a first (I don't even have the necessary tools yet!) and I have a rather newbie question: Having read a ...
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What are cheap ways to build strong shelves with a large span?

I have removed several old and moisture damaged built in storage units from my house. I would like to replace them with shelving. There are a number of different sized gaps (width and depth to fill). ...
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Nicely mounting 2x4s to wall

I would like to make some bookshelves similar to what is seen here: My question is how to nicely mount these to the wall. Obviously I could simply angle some screws into the wall studs, however I ...
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How much weight can you mount to a wall?

I would like to mount a fairly heavy shelving unit (~150lbs) to a wall with a number of L-brackets. It being a shelving unit, I would be putting all kinds of books and random stuff on it, thus ...
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How can I hang a shelf with no visible fasteners?

I just built a shelf for a bedroom based on instructions found at Happy at Home. Problem is: the blog doesn't explain how to hang it! Can someone help me figure out a clean way to hang this shelf ...
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How to remove a shelf fastener with a round head and no slot

I have some shelving in my closet and it's screwed into the wall with fasteners that look like this (see image). It's a smooth circle and doesn't have any type of hole of slot on top. Is this a screw? ...
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How do I build shelves on non-square (>90 degrees) walls?

I want to build shelves into an alcove, but the corners are not square. What is the best approach to this?
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In what orientation should this L-bracket be when hanging shelves?

I have a few L-brackets for hanging shelves. The brackets are asymmetric, where one L arm is longer than the other, just like a real "L" (similar to this). Is there a preferred or recommended way ...
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What is the ideal distance between supports of a shelf?

I've got 122x25x1cm and 61x25x1cm plywood boards that I want to use to make shelves for books and tools. I'll use 2 supports for each size of board and I'd like to know how far apart they should be. ...
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At a 6' span, how much can an SPF 2x4 turned on 3.5" end support?

The ends are secured, so how much load can a 6' span of SPF 2x4 support when turned on 3.5"?
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How can I prevent the nuts in my shelving from coming loose?

So I got "creative" with these shelves I installed. Looking for ideas to keep these nuts from loosening. I considered just gluing them in but that would make it annoying in future if adjustments are ...
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Reinforcing a shelf supported only by pins

Our liquor cabinet has the usual row of holes drilled on either side for height-adjustable shelves, with typical shelf pins: I think the wood is MDF + veneer. It might be plywood. It's not holding ...
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Built-In Shelves/Bookcases - IKEA vs Built

I come from a family that is not shy about woodworking, so I am not scared of building a carcass with dados for shelves, tacking on a face frame, then trimming it out; however, I would love to hear ...
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How do I know whether a bookcase will rack/sag/twist if hung using butt hinges as a (non-secret) "door"?

I want to take a bookcase and install it as a door, to hold near 100kg max of heavy food items (but probably less than that most of the time). The bookcase itself is 36kg. The bookcase carcass and ...
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Floor-to-ceiling bookshelf before or after carpet?

Building a built-in floor-to-ceiling bookshelf in a room in the basement (~7'10" tall). I've read a lot of differing opinions on whether to build the bookshelf first or put the carpet in first. ...
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Wall shelves, hooks, other wall-mounted things, without drilling? Double-sided tape maybe?

I have a bit of bare wall above my desk and I wish to utilise the space. Maybe put a couple of shelves up, and hooks and mounts for my game controllers, headphones, microphones, cameras and what not. ...
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Building a Work Area in the Basement - Requesting Feedback

I am a new homeowner of about 2 months now. I have not done much in the way of home repair before now, but I do find that I am quite capable so far. My largest project so far was the re-tiling of my ...
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Will floating pantry shelves built with 2x2s be ok?

I am really proud of these floating shelves I made, which still need plywood tops, bottoms and fronts. But now that I’m done I’m worried pine was a bad choice. It was the only wood that came in 2x2. I ...
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Did I make a major mistake on my garage shelves?

I built garage shelves using Grip Rite construction screws (photo of box below). Only afterwards did I notice the statement about "non-structural" use. Did I make a major mistake? Should I get some ...
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Closet system to be installed - boards in the way

I am new to DIY/home improvement, and I want to update my closet. There is a 2x4 going across the width of the back wall. It doesn't seem essential. Do builders usually add support beams across the ...
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Prevent sagging shelves in alcove

We're building some shelves to fit in an alcove next to our fireplace, and so we built 4 frames using 1x2s for the front and back of the frame and 2x2s as the ladder support in the middle (each spaced ...
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How should I attach the cable of a cable-supported shelf?

I'm planning to build a shelf in the garage, 22" deep and about 16' long. The back edge and one side will be supported by wall cleats, with 2x3s under the other edges. I'd like to support the front ...
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Securing a glass set of shelves to a glass wall

I need to "baby-proof" this corner glass bracket by securing it to the glass walls of the balcony, at each of its 3 levels. Since there are no holes through which to pass any rope/wire, I ...
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How do I drill additional holes for adjustable-height shelving?

I have a set of cupboards with shelves that adjust in height, by means of moving pins that hold up the shelves to different holes: Unfortunately, for some reason, whoever made the cupboards didn't ...
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What is this type of traditional adjustable shelf support called?

I saw these on a bookcase in a shop today, but don’t know what they are called. Also is there an easy way to make them, or can they be bought “off the shelf”
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How to secure an ikea Kallax shelf unit

I’d appreciate some advice on the tools I need to complete a task. I bought an Ikea Kallax shelving unit (http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/30275861/) It came with two brackets, with a space ...
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Will wall anchors work when screwed into a stud?

I'm installing some Lack floating shelves from IKEA. I have two holes into the drywall with anchors (the metal kind with large threads), and one hole into the stud. The problem is, I got confused and ...
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Floating shelf: Rounded vs. Rectangular brackets?

What are the pros and cons of each option? I guess the rounded one means the diameter of the hole in the wall should be very big, while no difficult affixing is required on the shelf, you just drill a ...
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AAC (aka Aircrete, Thermalite) wall + IKEA ALGOT shelf weight load capacity

I got some IKEA Algot shelves tall uprights. The PDF manual can be found here. The installation instructions say: Hang the wall uprights from the mounting rail, correctly space them and then ...
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What is the cheapest way to stiffen a tube/pipe?

I have some steel tubes (18 mm OD) which I wish to use as horizontal members in a storage rack (a bit like shelves). However, the tube flex and bend quite a bit when I put heavier boxes on them. The ...
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What are the proper materials and method to hang heavy-duty shelves in a garage for storage?

I am hoping this isn't too wide of a topic since garage storage can vary greatly from person to person depending on what's being stored. In my case, I will be storing power tools like my circular saw,...
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Can I reuse mounting holes into a stud for a shelf?

I'm painting and I have to take a big shelf off the wall. The shelf is screwed into the studs because of it's size. The wall is drywall. Will I be able to use the same holes as before and keep the ...
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How do I prevent doors on a media cabinet from sagging?

A friend and I have just built a floor to ceiling media shelf unit for DVDs. It has 9 shelves and is about 3' wide. The frame around it is made up of 2"x8" boards and the shelves (except for one in ...
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Do I need bracing for 12"x55" shelves?

I am installing new shelves in my pantry, 12" x 55" with walls on three sides. The shelving material is laminate over particleboard. Considering how heavy a shelf full of canned goods is, can I get ...
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What size of lumber should I use for the mounting rail for shelves and cabinets?

I recently scrounged some steel shelving that I'd like to hang in my garage. This used to be in an office, its for paperwork but will work great for some things in my garage. The mounting holes on ...
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How thick should a french cleat be?

I want to use a french cleat to hang some basic open cabinets in my garage. I've seen recommendations anywhere from 3/4 to 1 1/2 inches thick, but nobody seems to be talking about weight. Is there a ...
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What materials do I need to install pantry shelving?

I'm installing shelving in my 5x5 kitchen pantry. My plan is to run 1x2 strapping on the back edge and left/right sides of each shelf, then use 1x12 boards as shelves. I'm considering poplar for the ...
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How can I take the hooks off of this shelf holder?

I have a shelf holder, with all but one of the shelves taken off, in my closet. They look like this: I'd like to take the two uppermost things sticking out of it off - I have no idea what they're ...
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Is there an adhesive I can use with anchors to keep them from pulling out?

I am mounting shelves using plastic anchors in masonry. I once saw a contractor use an adhesive on the anchors to prevent them from pulling out. I realize that by design this should not be necessary. ...
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How much weight can a 2 inch screw in a wood stud hold? [closed]

I am building some industrial style shelving for my office. Basically I need to know how much weight can one 2 inch screw in a stud hold? This will answer my question. Thanks.
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How much weight can single-track shelving mounted on brick wall hold?

I'm looking at attaching shelves to a brick wall using single-track metal strips with adjustable brackets. The metal strips will be 78 inches long and I'm planning on using pine shelves 47 x 12 x 3/4 ...
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Which side of a shelf liner faces up?

I have a shelf liner that has bumps on one side and is smooth on the other side. It is non-adhesive. Which side faces up, or what are pros/cons of each? It looks like this:
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How can I estimate the maximum load on shelves on a plasterboard wall? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How much weight can you mount to a wall? (Apologies for asking here whilst not a serious DIYer, but as a Stack Overflow user it seemed like the obvious place!) I would like ...
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How can I cut pine shelves to size?

I've ordered some custom pine shelves to fit into an alcove. Due to poor communication, they are 1-2 mm too long to fit. What is the best way to cut them down to size? They're 5cm(~2") thick and ...
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What is the cheapest/easiest way to make bookshelves? [closed]

I own a lot of books, and would love to display them on a bookshelf that covers an entire wall. I love the look of wood, but it is so expensive at the moment. I'm also a bit short of spare time, so I ...
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Is there any harm in using shorter shelf brackets with a deeper shelf?

I'm planning on installing Ikea shelves mounted on wall brackets (using the Antonius system). Until recently there were Antonius shelves 14 3/8 inches deep, but now they've disappeared, leaving only ...
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Built a shelf out of 2x4s but some braces do not meet, will they hold?

I paid someone else to build this basic shelf for me because i'm no carpenter, but i'm a little concerned about it's integrity because it will be holding aquariums. It's a frame of 2x4s with enough ...
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Is it safe to add shelving to truss members in my attic?

I have a (I believe it's called) "W" frame loft: (sorry about the quality of the pictures - maybe I should ask in the photography Stack Exchange how to take such pictures) There are no floorboards, ...
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How can I build garage shelving out of 2x6s, 4x4s and 1/2" OSB?

building garage shelving, already ordered lumber: 4x4 8' post 2x6 10' horizontals 1/2 OSB ply, ripped to 2'x8' lengths Should i notch the 4x4 vertical posts, then fit the 2x6's in the notches? I'...
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